People of European or African-American Descent at Greater Risk for Lupus

Lupus nephritis is more common in people of European or African-American descent with two specific genes according to research just published by David W. Powell, PhD, of the University of Louisville, and colleagues in the online edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  About half of all lupus patients develop lupus nephritis. The varied incidence rates of the condition between ethnic groups suggests genes may play a role.